Dec. 4, 2004
EVANSTON, Ill. - Free throws by Sancho Lyttle and Joann Overstreet in the last 13 seconds of the game was the margin the Lady Cougars needed to squeak past the University of Virginia, 67-64, in Houston's final game of the Mildred and Roger L. White Invitational hosted by Northwestern University. By virtue of its perfect 2-0 mark in the round robin, the University of Houston captured the tournament championship.
The Lady Cougars stayed perfect on the season, improving to 8-0, while the Cavaliers fall to 4-3 on the season. This was the first-ever match-up for Houston against a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference.
With the scored tied at 64 with under 20 seconds, Lyttle flashed to the basket and was fouled by UVa's Tiffany Sardin. Lyttle nailed both the free throws to give Houston a 66-64 lead. Lyttle finished with 14 points, reaching double digits for the eighth straight game. She was named to the All-Tournament team.
As Virginia was in-bounding the ball, Overstreet stole the pass and was subsequently fouled by Siedah Williams. Overstreet, who was named the Tournament MVP, hit the first free throw but missed the second. On the ensuing rebound and pass, the ball was knocked out of bound by Overstreet with two-tenths of second to play. UVa's Sharnee Zoll's desperation shot did not get off in time.
Overstreet finished the tournament with 14 points, 16 rebounds, 23 assists, 12 steals and just one turnover.
The Lady Cougars were led by Kiki Harris's 18 points, while Sardin paced the Cavaliers with 18 of her own. Houston was out-rebounded 43-23, but outshot Virginia 48 to 44 percent.
The first half was nip-and-tuck for 20 minutes with neither team able to establish a lead of more than four points. Virginia held a small four-point lead, 14-10, at the 12:31 mark of the half. The Lady Cougars took the lead on a three-pointer and a lay-up by Crystal Simpson and a short jumper by Sancho Lyttle, but Cavaliers grabbed the lead right back on a trey by LaTonya Blue.
Houston grabbed the lead right back two minutes later when Daphne Andre drilled a three-pointer from the corner to give the Lady Cougars a 23-21 advantage. Despite fouling out with 6:20 left to play, Andre still finished with 14 points, reaching double-digits for the fifth time this season.
After taking 13 days off for final exams, the Lady Cougars return to action on December 16, when they face the University of Hawai'I in Honolulu on the opening day of the Ala Moana Hotel Paradise Classic. UH also will face Wake Forest on December 17, while in the tropics.